Tom’s Experience hiking the Carmel Canyon Trail:
The Carmel Canyon Trail is located in Goblin Valley State Park.
The hike is about 1.5 miles round trip loop hike from the Observation Point Parking Lot. Dogs are allowed in Goblin Valley but must remain on leash.
The Carmel Canyon Trail descends towards Molly’s Castle and then turns back and follows Carmel Canyon back up into Goblin Valley.
Carmel Canyon is a drainage that is similar to Entrada Canyon.
You can’t quite call it a slot canyon, but it’s still pretty neat.
There are a few sections where you need to climb over obstacles or up the steep walls in order to continue on your path.
Trail Info: Goblin Valley is located south of I-70 about 25 miles on Highway 24 and is about 25 miles north of Hanksville, the closest city. There are many signs that point the way and it shouldn’t be too difficult to find. There is a $10 a day entrance fee to enter the park. There are some campsites and yurts available for a fee but in order to get one you need to make a reservation months in advance during the peak seasons. There are outhouses at the main parking area, observation point. Also maps are handed out at the fee booth showing directions for all hikes and camp spots.
Observation Point Parking Lot: 38.564504,-110.703717
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